U.S. and EU trade agreement seeks reduction of "dirty steel"

Nov 1, 2021
The pact lifts U.S. tariffs on European steel and European Union duties on bourbon and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
President Joe Biden at the G-20 summit in Rome, where the U.S. announced it would roll back tariffs imposed on imported EU steel and aluminum.
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How this metal foundry grew its business during the pandemic

Oct 14, 2021
Although prices for aluminum and zinc are ticking up, Adam Schaller, vice president of a Michigan metal foundry, says business is growing.
Prices for aluminum base scrap picked up 9.7% from August to September.
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Building a Black-owned brewery through the pandemic

Oct 13, 2021
Teo Hunter of Crowns & Hops Brewing is creating a brand that can be "a case study to what it means to be accomplishing racial equity."
Teo Hunter, left, and Beny Ashburn, the founders of Crowns & Hops Brewing. Said Hunter: "Our goal was always to give something beautiful, something that was indicative of Black and brown excellence, to the community."
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How did aluminum get so expensive?

Sep 7, 2021
The 10-year high in prices is due to unrest in Guinea, where a key component is mined, and the surge in demand for the green economy.
Stacks of empty aluminum cans sit on a pallet Devil's Canyon Brewery in California. The price of aluminum reached a 10-year high this week.
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Trump brings back tariff on Canadian aluminum, one month after USMCA takes effect

Aug 7, 2020
The president says Canada is flooding the U.S. with imported aluminum and undercutting American companies.
President Donald Trump speaks to workers at a Whirlpool manufacturing facility on Aug. 6, 2020 in Clyde, Ohio.
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Could tariffs make U.S. businesses less productive in the long run?

May 24, 2019
Higher tariffs on Chinese imports, especially those that are used to make things in the U.S., can cut efficiency and competitiveness, experts say.
Chinese shipping containers that were unloaded at the Port of Long Beach in Los Angeles County in 2018.
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My Economy: The personal cost of a year of tariffs

Mar 19, 2019
For Sam Desai, vice president at RM Metals, a year of tariffs on his balance sheet changed his work habits.
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FOIA documents unmask the tariff exemption process

We obtained Department of Commerce documents to see how applications were approved and denied.
The majority of requests for tariff exemptions have been denied. Above, a steel distribution factory in Monterrey, Mexico.
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U.S.-imposed tariffs are hitting American firms’ bottom line

Sep 27, 2018
The CEO of one of the nation’s largest automakers says metal tariffs imposed by the Trump administration earlier this year have cost his company $1 billion in profits and sales. Ford boss Jim Hackett made the comment at a gathering of business leaders in New York on Wednesday. The administration imposed the steel and aluminum […]
Jim Hackett, president and chief executive officer, Ford Motor stands outside the headquarters as they celebrate the production of the 10,000,000 Mustang on August 8, 2018 in Dearborn, Michigan.
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Canada's Aluminum Valley grapples with U.S. tariffs

Sep 17, 2018
A 50-mile stretch along the Saguenay River in Quebec produces roughly half of Canada's aluminum; residents are anxious.
Rio Tinto ships raw material and finished ingots in and out of its own port facility on the bay of the Saguenay River, which flows out to the Saint Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean.
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